More than 225 veterans and service members and over 70 employers took part in Oklahoma Military Connection’s inaugural hiring event.
The inaugural hiring event was held Nov. 8 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman. It included a unique approach to matching employers and job-seekers.
Veterans who pre-registered for the event were matched to employers with available job openings based on their skills or desired employment. Several veterans said they received multiple matches.
“Oklahomans have great admiration and respect for the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces. To honor their service, we are working at the Capitol to ensure Oklahoma veterans are able to find good jobs when they return to the workforce,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.
Several educational and skills workshops were held during the hiring event. Those workshops included programs on VA Benefits, resume writing and a seminar on how to use OKJobMatch.com, among others.
“The State of Oklahoma is very grateful for those who currently serve, and have served, in our armed forces, and is strongly committed to supporting their post-military career goals,” said John Priddy, director of the Veterans Services Division of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
“This very special hiring event, closely preceding Veterans Day, is a tangible sign of that commitment, along with new training and employment programs, and improved web-based resources. Oklahoma looks forward with confidence to assisting those in our military community to get the right jobs, ensuring our State’s business community receives the full benefits of the highly skilled and ready workforce represented by our transitioning active military and National Guard personnel, Reservists, and veterans,” said Priddy.
Several organizations and state agencies were involved in the event including the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Military Department, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
“This hiring event was a great collaborative effort among those departments under the leadership of Gov. Fallin and was the first of its kind in the country. Oklahoma is meeting the needs of its employers while helping our veterans find jobs,” said Rita Aragon, state secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.